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Apr 6, 2010 6:00pm EDT
evening. i'm jim lehrer. rescue efforts were on hold tonight at the west virginia mine, where an explosion claimed the lives of at least 25 miners. >> ifill: and i'm gwen ifill. on the newshour tonight, it was the deadliest mining accident in the u.s. in 26 years. we'll get the latest on the blast and the rescue effort and look at the state of mine safety. >> lehrer: then, jeffrey brown gets two views on the obama administration's call for new limits on nuclear weapons. >> this review describes how the united states will reduce the role and numbers of nuclear weapons with a long-term goal of nuclear free world. >> ifill: paul solman explores small community banks versus institutions deemed too big to fail. >> size does matter but you don't need to be a large institution in order to be successful as a financial institution today. >> lehrer: and we get an update on the deadly wave of bombings in iraq from rod nordland of the "new york times" in baghdad. that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> and by the bill and melinda gates founda
Apr 9, 2010 7:00pm EDT
follows democrat tom periello home to his virginia district. >> health care is not my fight t was about economic relief to working it in middle-class families. seniors who are struggling. if we can save them a little money, that's a really big deal for people. >> lehrer: and we get the analysis of david brooks and ruth marcus, filling in for mark shields. that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour is provided by: and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> lehrer: the oldest member of the u.s. supreme court is stepping down after 35 years. justice john paul stevens had been the leader of the court's liberal wing. judy woodruff has the story. >> woodruff: justice stevens informed president obama of his resignation in a one-paragraph letter this morning. it read: "my dear mr. president: having concluded that it would be in the best interests of the court to have my successor a
Apr 7, 2010 7:00pm EDT
. the latest on the mine accident in west virginia and the search for survivors. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the "newshour" tonight: family members cling to what the state's governor called "a sliver of hope." we'll talk to frank langfitt of national public radio on the scene. >> lehrer: then, gwen ifill reports on the political turmoil in the former soviet republic of kyrgyztan-- site of a u.s. air base that supplies troops in afghanistan. >> brown: we debate a court decision that could limit future regulation of the internet. >> lehrer: we have updates on two school systems: john merrow reports on alternatives for troubled teens in new orleans. >> i've got 16-year-old seventh graders and 17-year-old eighth graders and 18-year-old ninth graders who are reading at the third or fourth grade reading level. those are tremendous challenges. >> a lot of them put up walls. >> brown: and we look at washington d.c, where the schools chief struck a deal with the teachers union. >> lehrer: and, fred de sam lazaro tells a good news story about an effort championed by former president carter t
Apr 14, 2010 7:00pm EDT
is to capture him or to kill him. >> lehrer: gwen ifill updates the investigation into last week's west virginia coal mine tragedy. and fred de sam lazaro reports on using private capital for the public good. in this case, for toilets in the slums of kenya. that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> what the world needs now is energy. the energy to get the economy humming again. the energy to tackle challenges like climate change. what if that energy came from an energy company? everyday, chevron invests in people, in ideas-- seeking, teaching, building. fueling growth around the world to move us all ahead. this is the power of human energy. chevron. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> lehrer: the presi
Apr 8, 2010 7:00pm EDT
years old. rescue crews in west virginia tried and failed today to get into a coal mine where 25 men died on monday. four other men have been missing in the mine since then. the day began with hopes of ending the four-day drama at the upper big branch mine. but search teams ran into dangerous levels of lethal gases. and with that, mine safety officials ordered them to turn back. kevin stricklin of the u.s. mine safety and health administration said there was no choice. >> this is a setback. it's not something that they won't get back in. we're going to continue to monitor that borehole number one. they are in danger and that's the whole intent of evacuating them from the mine. >> holman: once the crews were out, drilling resumed for a second, larger hole to allow more ventilation, and stricklin said the teams might try again tonight. west virginia governor joe manchin said there still was a slight chance the missing miners took refuge in an airtight safety chamber, containing four days of food, water and oxygen. >> if we have any hope of survival and they're in that rescue chamber, t
Apr 1, 2010 7:00pm EDT
-out" clauses. and virginia has already passed one. because of that, virginia's attorney general-- republican ken cuccinnelli-- has filed a separate lawsuit against the federal government. >> i'm doing exactly what i said i was going to do when i ran for office and i got more votes then anybody running for attorney general in virginia history. people of virginia knew what they where getting when they elected me. >> woodruff: when president lyndon johnson signed medicare into law 45 years ago, it, too, ran into opposition from the states. in some cases, because it required racial integration of publicly funded hospitals. those challenges failed, and many legal scholars say this new batch of state lawsuits will fare no better. and at the white house, presidential aides maintain none of the cases bears any legal merit. >> i think that for many decades, the supreme court has recognized congress authority under the commerce clause to regulate activities relating to interstate commerce. my advice from counsel is that we'll win these, we'll win these lawsuits. >> woodruff: there's also push- back fr
Apr 2, 2010 7:00pm EDT
donald, the newically elected republican governor of virginia for tidelands drilling off virginia. >> he is in favor of, and there is florida, you get republicans in georgia in favor of it. so it is-- it's intriguing to watch the american petroleum institute and barbara boxer, the american petroleum institute endorse the president's position. so it is, i think it is intended at least in part to build political support so that the president's energy bill which makes sense so that are you not in that position you were on health care where it's all what every republican is opposed completely. >> lehrer: shocked that politics had something to do with it. >> the virginians are happy, the new jersians are not happy because they are afraid the effects will hit their waterfront. so a lot of it is political. but for an administration that has lost independence, it's a sign we not just captive to democratic groups. and by the way i have a lot of arguments with my conservative colleagues on how liberal obama is and i could point to this. coy point to afghanistan. i could point to his really being aggressive attac
Apr 12, 2010 7:00pm EDT
virginia coal mine today to recover the bodies of the last nine miners from last week's deadly explosion. 29 men were killed. a team of federal investigators also was scheduled to arrive today, to begin work on what caused the blast. a new debt assistance deal for greece won a favorable response on world markets today. on sunday, european leaders agreed to lend the greek government up to $40 billion if it's needed. the international monetary fund would contribute another $13 billion. the move eased fears that greece could default on its debt. on wall street, the dow jones industrial average gained eight points, closing above 11,000 for the first time since september of 2008. the nasdaq rose more than three points to close near 2458. the 2010 pulitzer prizes were announced today. the "washington post" led the way with four awards. the "herald courier" of bristol, virginia, with only seven reporters, took the public service prize for stories on mismanaged natural gas royalties. and "pro publica" shared an award for investigative reporting, a first for an online-only news organization. amon
Apr 20, 2010 7:00pm EDT
from the 2005 conviction of a virginia resident for making and selling dog-fighting videos. newshour regular marcia coyle of "the national law journal" was at the court this morning and she joins us now. again, marcia, welcome back. >> thank you, margaret. >> warner: this law has been on the books for 11 years. how did this case end up at the court now? >> the goal of this law was to get at animal cruelty by drying up the commercial market for depictions of animal cruelty. this law imposes a penalty of up to five years in prison for the commercial creation, sale and possession of video... of auditory and visual depictions of animal cruelty. congress was really trying to get at dog fighting videos and so-called crush videos which appeal to a sexual netish for women in high heels stomping animals, small animals. robert stevens, as you said, was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. one of the of three videos he had involved dog fighting in japan where it's legal. he appealed, challenged the constitutionality of the law. the lower court struck down the law. the obama adminis
Apr 26, 2010 7:00pm EDT
to survey the damage. the owner of a west virginia coal mine defended itself today. massey energy said air samples taken shortly before a fatal explosion showed nothing unusual. the blast killed 29 miners. a senate hearing on the explosion is set for tomorrow. wal-mart lost a round today in a long-running fight over gender bias claims. a federal court of appeals in san francisco ruled 6-5 that a huge class-action lawsuit may go forward. the suit, filed in 2001, involves more than one million current and former employees. they say wal-mart favors men over women on pay and promotions. the company is the world's largest private employer. the british ambassador to yemen had a close call today. a suicide attacker tried to kill him, but the ambassador escaped injury. we have a report narrated by jonathan rugman of independent television news. >> reporter: clearing up after a suicide bombing aimed at the british ambassador's car. the ambassador survived, but the bomber is is now dead. the yemenis say he was a student from the south of the country and there have been dozens of arrests. this al qae
Apr 27, 2010 7:00pm EDT
today after the west virginia mine explosion that killed 29 men. joe main of the mine and safety health administration, or msha, said going to federal court is one option. he also asked for beefed-up powers. >> unlike other agencies, that enforce federal law, msha lacks the authority to subpoena testimony and documents as part of its investigative process. its criminal penalties must be enhanced so that the threat of jail is real for the worst offenders. violations of key standard laws or key safety laws should be felonies and not misdemeanors. >> sreenivasan: massey energy, he operator of the west virginia mine, had numerous safety violations. the cause of the fatal blast is still under investigation. the drug maker astra-zeneca has agreed to pay more than half a billion dollars to settle a federal case. it involved the anti-psychotic drug seroquel, used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. the food and drug administration charged the company promoted the drug for insomnia and other uses that had not been approved. sales of the medicine totaled nearly $5 billion last year. anot
Apr 13, 2010 7:00pm EDT
in northern virginia. and julia gordon is senior policy counsel at the consumer advocacy group, the center for responsible lending. julia gordon, let's start with you. why was it so hard for people whose homes are underwater to get the banks to agree to a lower principal balance? >> it's hard because it's hard for them to get any modification at all to begin with. whether you're underwater or not dealing with mortgage services is exceedingly difficult and many borrowers are struggling with that. but it's particularly difficult because the primary government program targeting this issue right now, the home affordable modification program, does not right now include a principal reduction component. the mortgage services are only doing what they're essentially required to do. they're not really going above and beyond particularly in a situation where not only does this cost the owner of the loan money in many cases but in most cases it costs the servicers some of their own fees. >> suarez: bert, this housing crisis has been going on for some time. one of the most consistent complaints is from
Apr 15, 2010 7:00pm EDT
ordered a review of coal mines with a history of violations. an explosion at a west virginia mine last week killed 29 men. the president criticized mine owners today for using "endless litigation" to block safety enforcement. and, he said current safety laws are "riddled with loopholes." >> i refuse to accept that any number of miner deaths is simply a cost of doing business. we can't eliminate chance completely from mining any more than we can from life itself. but if a tragedy can be prevented it must be prevented. that's the responsibility of mine operators. that's the responsibility of government. and that's the responsibility that we're all going to have to work together to meet in the weeks and months to come. >> sreenivasan: the president said he wants quick action to get more inspectors into mines that have troubling safety records. wall street edged higher again today. the dow jones industrial average gained 21 points to close at 11,144. the nasdaq rose more than 10 points to close at 2,515. civil rights leader benjamin hooks ed today at his home in memphis, tennessee after a
Apr 22, 2010 7:00pm EDT
the muslim-american community in northern virginia. >> this is indeed a wake up call. it is a wake up call involving our youth. >> reporter: the five men, ages 18 to 24, had become friends at this mosque in a suburb of washington, d.c. worshipers there said they were good kids, who studied hard and never expressed extremist views. mustafa abu maryam runs the mosque's youth group. >> our group discussions never talked about politics, never talked about ongoing conflicts, never talked about fighting against anyone indirectly or directly. on the contrary, we always promoted compassion toward others and being good stewards of humanity. >> reporter: but in late november, the five-- ahmed abdullah minni, umar chaudhry, waqar khan, aman hassan yemer and ramy zamzam-- disappeared, without telling family or freinds of their plans. friends of their plans. amal khalifa, ramy zamzam's mother, said he did tell her he was going away to baltimore. he disappeared what in late november? >> i can't say he disappeared. he told me before he leave he's going somewhere and he takes two sets of clothes, a lot of
Apr 28, 2010 7:00pm EDT
and 45 miles across at its widest point, or roughly the size of west virginia. the slick was just 20 miles east of the mouth of the mississippi river, teeming with wildlife, and close to rich oyster grounds. if not contained, the oil could reach land by friday. >> if the results are good and we're happy with the results, then the effort will be to get more and more teams out there duplicating that same result to provide benefit. you know, we'll learn more today at the end of the day once we find out how the initial burn went. >> woodruff: the burn is the latest effort to stop the oil spewing from an offshore rig-- the "deepwater horizon"-- that exploded and sank last week. 11 men were presumed killed. when the rig went down, the pipe that carried the oil from the well-head on the ocean floor bent and cracked. roughly 42,000 gallons of oil have spilled every day since then. earlier this week, crews launched submersible robots, tried and failed to turn a shutoff valve at the well-head, a mile deep. now, b.p., the rig's operator, is sending in a second rig. its job is to drill a relief
Apr 29, 2010 7:00pm EDT
this month in west virginia. hundreds of thousands of graco and simplicity baby cribs will be recalled in the u.s. the consumer product safety commission said today hardware could fail, causing babies to suffocate or strangle. and toyota announced it's resuming sales of the 2010 lexus g.x. 460, after halting them last week. it said a software fix is now available at dealers, to stabilize the vehicle in tight turns. for the record, toyota is an underwriter of the "newshour." hundreds of mourners, from the president on down, paid final respects today to civil rights leader dorothy height. family, friends, political leaders and members of the general public attended the funeral at washington national cathedral. in his eulogy, president obama recalled height's 40 years as head of the national council of negro women. >> dorothy height was a drum major for justice. a drum major for equality. a drum major for freedom. a drum major for service. and the lesson she would want us to leave with today-- a lesson she lived out each and every day-- is that we can all be first in service. we can all b
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